Updated (January 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

55

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Really small
Size
Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.5" vs 3"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
99×56×20 mm vs 104×56×25 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$240.42 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX78f/2.5
              DMC-FX700f/2.2
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-FX7899×56×20 mm
              DMC-FX700104×56×25 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Thickness Thin Help
              DMC-FX780.8"
              DMC-FX7001"
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ2

              Travel zoom

              $236

              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500

              Compact

              $88

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $149

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $300

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $173

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Compact

              $298

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $344

              GPS Has a GPS
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

              Ultra compact

              $111

              Size Smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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